SanDisk Corp. is using this week’s Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany to debut its new SanDisk Ultra ImageMate Reader — a FireWire-based device capable of reading CompactFlash cards.
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SanDisk said the new device has been developed for photographers, videographers, graphic artists and other users who utilize larger-capacity CompactFlash cards and are looking for a faster way of transferring data to their computers than a conventional USB flash card reader.
The Ultra ImageMate Reader is compatible with Macs running Mac OS 9.1 or higher — it is recognized by the Mac as being a Mass Storage Compliant (MSC) peripheral, so you’ll need no special drivers to get it to work. that come with a FireWire interface, according to SanDisk. It comes equipped with a blue LED that indicates the reader is properly connected; it blinks when data is transferred. The interface itself can accommodate both Type I and Type II cards.
The Ultra ImageMate reader includes a detachable three foot cable and a travel case. Look for it to hit store shelves in October throughout North America, South America and Europe. It will carry an average street price of about US$69.